How Is Charity: What Redefining Philanthropy?

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Charities and non-profit organizations have always had to walk a very fine line. On the one hand, they have much of the same overhead and expenses as for-profit businesses. While many may rely heavily on volunteers, most organizations need a solid infrastructure of paid employees. They need offices, technology, equipment, supplies and all the same things as any other business. Conversely, however, their entire organization is generally dependent on donor support, and donors (quite rightly) want more of their donation dollars going towards achieving the aims of the organization rather than paying the light bill.

Individuals that work for and run non-profits and charities generally have to have the same skills and education levels as their for-profit counterparts but are often expected to work for significantly less by donors. Conversely, however, charities are expected to produce the most spectacular results with the least amount of money, but can’t always offer the most competitive wages to attract the best and brightest talent to accomplish their mission. On the one hand, most charitable organizations want to be transparent, but at the same time, many donors balk at just how much of their donation dollars end up going towards overhead.

Ironically, however, much of this is changing. In even the for-profit world, there is growing pressure for transparency and to be less concerned with paychecks and profit and more concerned with social impact. This is creating a greater and greater bridge between the non-profit and for-profit world. One organization that is taking full advantage of this bridge is Charity: Water. Charity: Water is redefining philanthropy and helping to bridge the gap between the effectiveness of for-profit businesses and the transparency of charities.

When donors give to Charity: Water, they know exactly where their donation is going and exactly the kind of impact their dollars are creating. Possibly even more importantly, however, they are also kept apprised of the long-term impact of their donation, which in turn can encourage them to give more.

Charity: Water is also helping give Philanthropy a better name by how they receive funding. Their offices and overhead are all paid for by families and individuals who give specifically towards that. That means that 100% of all individual, private and outside donations can go directly towards the mission of Charity: Water – to provide clean drinking water to every man, woman, and child in the world.

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What Does It Mean To Be An Entrepreneur?


Being an entrepreneur can be a rewarding venture, but there also seems to be some confusion as to what exactly comprises one. What exactly does it mean to be an entrepreneur? Are they simply those that start up their own business? How do they contribute to the economy? Certainly, there are many questions that should be answered.

Being an entrepreneur is more aligned towards the characteristics of what one is like. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines an entrepreneur as someone who takes on the responsibility of organizing, managing and assuming the risks of a business or an enterprise. In essence, however, entrepreneurs are change agents. They are the ones who hope to solve problems and provide solutions.

Entrepreneurs know that they have the skills to satisfy needs, do something in an innovative way or solve a problem. They also have a vision of what they can contribute to the world, and do what it takes to launch a product or begin a social enterprise to achieve those goals. When those goals are attained, jobs are created for themselves and even other people. In other situations, entrepreneurs can change the world.

Regarding specific qualities, they are tenacious, a little crazy, noncompliant and do not care what others think. They typically never fit a certain mold and instead realize that they are born to stand out. They make things happen, and an entrepreneur has the relentless focus and energy to effect change. Whether that is through making money or facilitating social change, they know what their vision is. Their vision is what guides them to undergo a specific venture.

If there’s one admirable quality that all entrepreneurs face, it is a fear of failure. Failing is a natural part of life, but failure also presents opportunities to learn lessons. Entrepreneurs learn from their pitfalls and failures, thereby using it to create a better product.

Being an entrepreneur is not for everybody, especially when you consider the vast amount of responsibility that is on their shoulders. It requires a consistent drive to want to be successful, and it is not made for everybody. But for those who undertake the responsibility, they are not limited in their creativity or ideas.

An entrepreneur is somebody who looks to seek great change in our world.

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What Are The Three Types of Education, And How Do They Differ?


Education can mean different things to different people. Some people will see education as something that happens in a classroom, while others might see it as something that comes from life experiences. According to experts, there are three different types of education, each of which has its characteristics. Let’s take a look at them and how they differ from one another.

Formal Education
Formal education is anything that is taught in a formal setting such as a classroom. It usually begins in elementary school and continues through middle school, high school, and beyond. In formal education, students who are usually grouped by age or education level are taught by professional teachers in a structured environment. The curriculum is planned and deliberate and often follows a strict syllabus created by the teacher or another education professional.

Informal Education
Informal education refers to any kind of education that doesn’t use a formal learning and teaching method. It covers everything from a parent teaching a child how to read or count in the home to being taught a skill by a friend. It consists of experiences and learning from being a part of a family and community as opposed to a structured classroom setting.

Non-Formal Education
One would think that non-formal education would be similar to informal education based on its name, but it has more in common with formal education in that it often involves instruction from a teacher. However, it does not rely on a syllabus or any other set structure. If there is a structure in place, it is malleable by the teacher and can be customized to meet a student’s needs. Some examples of non-formal education include job training, adult education courses, fitness courses, and any one-on-one tutoring session that can be customized with the student in mind.

Most types of education will fall into one of these three categories, and you will encounter examples of each of them throughout your life. Most people will receive a formal education when they go to school, but they will receive an informal education from their family and community when the school day comes to an end. They will also receive a non-formal education as they grow older and need to be trained in skills that aren’t taught in the classroom. Each of these three types of education is equally important, and they are what will turn a person into a well-rounded individual.

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How Is The Education Department Handling Issues With The Teacher Grant Program?

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There’s no doubt that the American education system has some major problems. And while many claims that the education department is underfunded, it’s a harsh reality that teachers and administrators may have to do more with less looking forward. To that aim, the federal government has been evaluating the systems already in place, and one target is the current teach grant program. Despite being established with the best of intentions, there are some problems with how this program operates.

By the rules of the current system, teachers often received substantial loans in place of grants. These loans can sometimes reach a staggering amount of $20,000, well outside the level that most teachers can pay them back. But the Department of Education is taking measures to reverse these issues. The problems faced by teachers are very real. These are jobs that are widely regarded as underpaid and under-appreciated, and teachers are often forced to tighten belts in response to these loans. Some have to downsize to smaller homes to accommodate the monthly loans, while others have been forced to take second jobs.

The problem may be very real, but it wasn’t intentional. The issue is one of improper paperwork, but an NPR investigation has turned the eyes of lawmakers towards the problem, and it appears that relief may be just over the horizon. Nineteen senators sent a letter in response to NPR, recognizing that the problem needs to be resolved, and a thorough review of the program was launched in May of 2018 by the Department of Education.

Known as the TEACH Grant Program, the intent was to put young and qualified teachers into underfunded school districts that are desperately in need of talent. The premise is simple. Teachers receive grant money for their education in return for spending a designated period of a tie in low-income school districts. The problem is that somewhere in the pipeline these grants were converted to loans along with all the interest that brings. Preventing this conversion requires teachers to fill out paperwork annually, but the rules behind this paperwork are poorly explained and often delivered to the wrong address or past the point of submission.

The new system intends to make these rules clearer, and they’ll retroactively pay teachers back and absolve their loans as long as they can prove their adherence to the programs. It may come a bit too late for some teachers, but it’s a step in the right direction and a possible opportunity to reverse course on a well-intended but poorly implemented program.

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How Is Philanthropy Helping To Shape Our Future?

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Philanthropy may not be a one size fits all solution to the ills facing the world. It’s unlikely that private contributions alone are enough to deal with these issues, it can go a long way toward helping people throughout the world. Fortunately, private philanthropy is becoming more sophisticated in how it operates and how it’s overseen. Despite the huge sums of money being sunk into philanthropy, the real issue is how you make the most of this cash. In short, these systems are built off the principle that teaching a man to fish is better than giving him fish.

Such was the case with Ruth Baribwa, a Ugandan single mother who was struggling to make ends meet on the streets of Kampala. After entry into the Street Business School, she made the transition from being essentially unemployed to making $177 a month with her small business. While that may not seem like much by American standards, it was a huge transition given the harsh circumstances from which she came. The Street Business School has seen a similar level of growth, developing from a minor charitable organization into a program with nonprofit training programs throughout Africa. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg regarding what can be done with nonprofit programs. Providing business opportunities for the impoverished is one of many programs being implemented throughout the world.

Look at Malaria Zero, spearheaded by the CDC. Funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Malaria Zero looks for systemic solutions to a very serious pandemic. While they spend a great amount of money combating the issue directly, they’re also enmeshed in more strategic solutions. These include medical innovations that can reduce the cost of malaria drugs. Turning the issue away from direct human problems is the reduction of plastic pollution. Plastics provided an alternative to degradable products, but it also created an influx of materials that are clogging up our environment. An initiative known as GAIA is committed to increasing the visibility of plastics as a real ecological threat but also directly into recycling it. There are also attempts to prevent inadequate housing throughout the United States. Some different credit unions are taking the reins in regards to rehabilitating dangerous and poorly constructed homes and reducing the cost to homeowners and renters.

The breadth of modern philanthropic programs are vast, but what’s exciting is how investors are smartly allocating resources in a manner that helps them grow and evolve with the needs of their subjects. Doing more with better is a necessity, and plenty of organizations are doing more by carefully assessing the needs of people and adjusting their policies dynamically.

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Why Are Independent Voters Coming Into So Much Focus?

Instead of the crucial midterm elections this year, which is essentially a referendum on Donald Trump’s presidency thus far, there are many factors that people are looking at. How will Donald Trump perform with minorities, the college-educated and suburban women? How will the Democrats be able to take back some of the states that Trump carried in the 2016 presidential election? While countless factors influence the outcome of an election, one often forgotten about constituency is the independent voter. The voter that cannot vote for Trump, but cannot fully align themselves with Democratic policies either. Why are they coming into so much focus this year?

Independent voters can often swing an election based on who they vote for. An example of independent voters having a profound impact is the 2016 presidential election. One of the most popular candidates in the entire election cycle was independent senator out of Vermont, Bernie Sanders. Bernie Sanders caucuses with the Democrats, but he was widely popular with independents. Unfortunately, Bernie Sanders did not get the required amount of delegates to win the Democratic nomination. That vote went to Hillary Clinton.

Many voters saw Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump as two sides of the same coin. They weren’t your typical politicians, and they were two people that many people felt they could relate to on a personal level. Many independent voters ended up voting for Trump because they could not relate to Hillary and they did not like her career in politics. All of those votes that the Democrats could have had were lost because of the outside perception of the independent vote.

In today’s vastly divided country, the independent vote could matter now more than ever. Whether it is the nomination of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh or any of the policies that come towards the house, there is always bound to be at least two opposing views. However, independent voters cannot easily be swayed, and that is why they are independent. The past two Republican presidents, Donald Trump, and George Bush, both narrowly won the independent vote.

Independent voters are becoming more important now than past years. Democrats haven’t been winning the argument with independent voters so far. If we continue to see this trend, it is very likely that those voters will have a made up mind next election.

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How Do Public Schools Differ From Private Schools?

Many parents have a difficult time choosing the right school for their kids. One big decision that parents have to make is whether their kids should go to public school or private school. Of course, this depends on the goals that students have in mind and other factors. Comparing the two makes it easier for parents to make the right decision for their children so they can ensure that they get a proper education.

Cost is a concern for many parents. Most things with public schools are free, although parents may have to provide certain supplies and pay certain fees for things like participation in sports. Private schools, on the other hand, can be quite expensive. Luckily, there are some financial aid programs out there that can help make private school more affordable for families that need the help.

Classroom Size
One big difference between public schools and private schools is the average classroom size. Students who are in smaller classrooms with fewer students are often able to get more attention from their teachers. This can help them enjoy a better learning experience. Many public schools have problems with overcrowding in classrooms, meaning that they might not get the individualized attention that they need.

Programs for Students
Many public schools have a variety of different programs for students, including sports teams, clubs and more. Private schools might not have as many programs for students to choose from, but the ones that are available might have more funding and may be better tailored to the needs of students.

Accelerated Curriculums
Many parents want to make sure that their kids are prepared for future grades and college. In many private schools, there are accelerated and advantage curriculum options for students who need them. Students might learn more throughout the year and be better prepared for future education after attending a private school.

There are a lot of great public schools out there for students, but many parents find that private school is the better option. Even though private school is not an option for every student, families, who want to make sure that their children get the best education that they can definitely consider some of the private schools that are available in the area.

from Yuri Vanetik Philanthropy